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Everything you need for an impromptu picnic, delivered anywhere in under an hour
When the weather’s nice, it’s good to get outdoors and make the most of it. But sometimes the sun can come out at unexpected moments, leading to a mad dash out of the office to catch the last few rays. Paris Picnic is a service that lets customers enjoy all the trappings of a French picnic on the Seine — or anywhere — with just an hour’s notice. READ MORE…
Subscription service lets online shoppers make unlimited item returns
Regular readers of Springwise will remember our recent coverage of JeansOnline, the Netherlands-based service that gives internet shoppers time to try clothes on when they’re delivered to save on return fees. Now Return Saver is hoping to tackle the same problem with its fixed-fee, annual subscription service that offers unlimited return shipping to any e-retailer. READ MORE…
In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. READ MORE…
App enables users to deliver items through traveling friends
Social networks are useful for helping users stay up-to-date with what their friends are doing, however they can also be harnessed for greater purposes. Friendshippr is an app that keeps track of contacts’ travel plans to allow users to ‘crowdship’ goods through them. READ MORE…
Evening delivery service fills the gap left by major online retailers
Online shopping is more convenient for customers in multiple ways, but delivery of items can still be a pain for those who work in the daytime or otherwise can’t predict where they’ll be at the time of delivery. In the past, we’ve seen schemes such as Belgium’s Cardrops, which gives access to consumers’ car trunks wherever they happen to be. Now Luna aims to undercut major online retailers by providing the evening delivery service that they don’t. READ MORE…
In Brazil, tomorrow’s meal ingredients prepared and delivered in 24 hours
Parents are well aware of how difficult it can be to create a different meal from scratch every day of the week, given the amount of recipe research, shopping and preparation required. Now Brazilian service Gulala is offering members all of the ingredients for a wide number of recipes, prepped and delivered within 24 hours. READ MORE…
In San Francisco, flowers hand-delivered in under 90 mins
Hyperlocalized businesses are becoming able to deliver goods at lightning-quick speeds thanks to the web, and we’ve already seen startups such as France’s L’appero offer aperitif bundles at any location in 45 minutes. Now BloomThat is hoping to do the same for flowers — picking, preparing and delivering fresh bouquets in under 90 minutes. READ MORE…
Instant aperitif service delivers in 45 minutes
Startups such as Postmates have aimed to provide quicker local delivery by taking advantage of idle couriers. Based in Paris only, L’appero is an on-demand apéritif delivery service that promises customers no more than a wait of 45 minutes. READ MORE…
Email addresses linked with physical location for item delivery
Given that people are always on the move, it can’t be guaranteed that they will be at home to receive their post, leading to failed deliveries. Belgium service Cardrops has already used consumers’ car trunks to ensure items are successfully delivered. Now, UK-based SoPost wants people to begin using their email addresses as a delivery location, which can be attached to multiple delivery points. READ MORE…
In San Francisco, site delivers high quality restaurant food to the door
Subscription services such as Mantry and Kopi have already tapped into the market for to-the-door gourmet food. Aiming to do the same thing for high quality restaurant food in San Francisco, Caviar delivers meals from eateries which are highly rated on customer review site Yelp. READ MORE…
In Belgium, delivery service uses car owners’ trunks
There are plenty of services that offer to take online shoppers’ packages for pickup at a time that suits them – take Miss Nev, PickupZone or UseYourLocal, for example. However, all of these ventures require the user to travel to a location in order to collect their goods. From Belgium, Cardrops is a system which delivers packages straight to car owner’s trunks. READ MORE…
Online order tracking tool for gift recipients
Slice is a California-based company that enables customers to view, track and organize their online purchases from different retailers, in one place for free. For the Christmas season they have launched an additional “Track with Friends” feature that allows users to send personalized notifications to gift-recipients, so those with gifts on the way can track their present without knowing what it is or how much it cost. READ MORE…
 
App facilitates quick local delivery by otherwise idle couriers

According to Postmates co-founder Bastian Lehmann, retail stores spend an average of fifteen hours per month fulfilling shipping requests, which distracts from their main objective of selling. When a personal experience also highlighted the lack of easy ways to ship physical goods locally, Lehmann was inspired to create Postmates — a service that connects couriers and bike messengers in between jobs with local businesses looking to make short-range shipments. READ MORE…
Online hosiery store offers subscription-based deliveries

We’ve already seen the subscription model applied to a wealth of various industries, from indie song playlists, limited edition art, lip balms, and even to Swedish kitchen cloths. More in the vein of Manpacks and Panty by Post however, we recently came across Hoseanna, a US-based service delivering hosiery to their subscribers. READ MORE…
Combined deliveries from small, local grocers


It was just a few short months ago that we covered the UK’s Beelocal grocery delivery service, and already we have occasion to cover yet another like-minded venture. Also in the UK, London-based Hubbub lets customers place online grocery orders with multiple local shops and receive a single, aggregated delivery to the door. READ MORE…